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Gardens & Villa Bring a New Album to Music Hall Tonight

February 25th, 2014

Five college friends formed Gardens & Villa in Santa Barbara, Calif., in 2008. At first it was just Chris Lynch (vocals and guitar), Adam Rasmussen (synths), Shane McKillop (bass) and Levi Hayden (drums), but they soon added Dustin Ineman (keys) for their live appearances. The band headed up to Oregon to record their first album, the upbeat but chill Gardens & Villa (stream it below), with Richard Swift, camping out in his backyard: “No shower, no kitchen, but all the magic you could ask for.” The A.V. Club said the group “belongs to the tradition of scruffy California rock bands that make music as big, breezy, weird and subtly sinister as their home state,” before comparing Gardens & Villa (above, performing “Minnesota” in studio for KJEE FM) to Beck, Ariel Pink and Grandaddy. Earlier this month, the quintet’s follow-up effort, the introspective yet danceable Dunes (stream it below), arrived on Secretly Canadian. Paste weighed in, saying the album “is an enticing amalgamation of contemporary dance-music sensibilities laid over familiar, primal roots. The pointed, salient synths of Adam Rasmussen mesh fluidly with the soft melodies of lead singer Chris Lynch’s bansuri flutes and falsetto cries. Innumerable intricacies layered into the background make for an encompassing wall of notes that pulls you into a unusual dance.” Dance along in person when Gardens & Villa play Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight. (Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming’s Diane Coffee opens.)

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Catch Two Sides of Band of Horses in One Night

December 6th, 2012

Band of Horses already had two LPs and an EP to their credit by the time they released a stunner of an album, Infinite Arms, in 2010. It featured a new lineup, a full, five-piece-band sound, plenty of reverb and layered harmonies, and, of course, Ben Bridwell’s terrific voice. Plus, it led to the band playing big festivals, like Jazz Fest, and twice gracing the stage at Madison Square Garden, opening for Pearl Jam and My Morning Jacket. Late this past summer, Band of Horses (above, playing “Knock Knock” on Late Show with David Letterman) released their fourth album, Mirage Rock (stream it below), of which American Songwriter says, “Band of Horses have embraced a more mature, laid-back kind of rock … and it’s a comfortable, cozy fit.” And as their U.S. tour for the new LP winds down, the band comes to New York City next Tuesday for two special shows in one night: The first, an acoustic set at the Grand Ballroom at the Hammerstein Ballroom, is sold out, but tickets still remain for the second, an electric set downstairs in the main room at the Hammerstein, with Jason Lytle (of Grandaddy fame) opening. One of the benefits of living in NYC is stuff like this. So make sure you take advantage of it.